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it for us. thanks very much for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> could newtown be the tipping point for gun control? the white house, a major retailer, national polls and even some pro-gun lawmakers have shifted. first, cautious step for school kids in newtown. most of them head back to school just hours from now. and is it a breakthrough for fiscal cliff talks? the two sides closer than ever with just two weeks left to go. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman here in new york. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking
newtown students went back to school for the first time since the massacre with police standing guard. two more young victims are buried, and the man involved in the investigation tells me about the horrors he saw inside the sandy hook elementary school. >> the crime scene itself is something that has made a mark in all of our minds. the task of that responsibility with the crime scene is something that we will never be able to erase. >> there will never be a good enough explanation why 20 elementary students were gunned down but we all need answers. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from newtown connecticut. state police is working around the clock. their investigation of the school massacre is very methodical and very, very painful. joining us now, lieutenant paul vance. he's become the face, the spokesman of this investigation. the connecticut state police. lieutenant vance, we're here in your office in middletown, connecticut. i know it must be hard on the journalists so it must be so much more hard on the men and women that work at the connecticut state police. what has it been like? >> it's
control debate is raging in the aftermath of the newtown school shooting, as the white house and national polls show a changing attitude. will this tragedy inspire washington to act? >>> here in newton, students returning back to school this morning, but they won't be going back to sandy hook elementary. at least not yet as another little girl laid to rest, just one day after two first grade boys buried. >>> a new sign that the tide could be turning on gun control. gun control stocks under fire. a pension fund may have to strip investments. >>> and movement on the fiscal cliff. we may be moving much closer to a deal, with the president making a surprise offer. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama me
>> barton admits that gun reform might not have been enough to prevent the newtown tragedy but says there should be a balance between our second amendment right as well as public safety. >> and in a moment, our other big headline. a major loss on capitol hill. >> and sending heartfelt christmas greetings to newtown families struggling over the holidays. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. we're going to move to other news. daniel inouye is being remembered from washington to his home state of hawaii. he was a world war ii medal of honor winner who lost an arm to a german hand grenade in italy. he became the first japanese american in congress and served 50 years in the u.s. senate. his death was announced by harry reid. >> the kindness that he has shown me for me time here in the senate has been something i will cherish always. a man who has lived and breathed the senate. he was that patriot. >> very kind words. president obama also a native of hawaii tweeted aloha yesterday. he died yesterday at 88 years old. >>> there is progress in talks on the fisc
. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama meeting with senior staff and cabinet members yesterday, to see proposals that will include reinstating a ban on automatic weapons. overnight, we've learned dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles and other guns like it. in fact, the modern sporting rifles section of dick's website, blank this morning. the company released a statement saying this. out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed all guns in our store nearest newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chain wide. in this community, grief counselors and extra police patrols will be on hand this morning when children, all over newtown head back to cl
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: the funerals began today in newtown, connecticut, with the burials of two six-year old boys murdered on friday. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. most of tonight's newshour will focus on the shootings and their aftermath. ray suarez has the latest on the investigation and the reaction in connecticut and beyond. >> ifill: we talk with california senator dianne feinstein, who hopes to revive a law banning assault weapons. >> they aren't hunting weapons. you don't need them for defense. they are military-style weapons and they don't belong in the streets of our city. >> woodruff: we assess the public policy questions raised by the shooting about access to guns, mental health issues, and more. >> ifill: hari sreenivasan reports from newtown on a community in mourning. >> woodruff: and as parents around the country nervously dropped their children off at school today, jeffrey brown talks to a psychiatrist and a school psychologist about what to say and not to say in times of crisis. >> ifill:
newtown on a community in mourning. >> woodruff: and as parents around the country nervously dropped their children off at school today, jeffrey brown talks to a psychiatrist and a school psychologist about what to say and not to say in times of crisis. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and friends of the newshour. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: a holiday season that should have been alive with the joy of children is now, instead, a season of mourning their loss in newtown, connecticut. the first of the funerals took place today for the victims of the massacre at an elementary school. r
>>> stories in the newsroom, schoolkids in newtown go back to school. how teachers are preparing for what's sure to be a trying day. after the newtown tragedy is the country finally ready for stricter gun laws? many former pro gun lawmakers say yes, but we still have not heard from the nra. >>> one of the new things the school shooter may have done socially was play video games. so is there a link between these types of games and aggressive behavior? one expert says yes. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you for being with us today. i'm carol costello in atlanta. first a small step toward normally in newtown, connecticut. soledad o'brien joins us live. good morning, soledad. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. as you said, classes resume today for most of the kids in this community, so many wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of char
in newtown. it's not just the white house. it's not just congress. today there's major news out of michigan where the republican governor rick snyder has vetoed legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools and day care centers. new polls show support for stricter gun control is at a ten-year high. the company that owns the gun maker that produced the rifle used in last week's massacre plans to sell it. calling the shooting a quote, water shed event. and dick sporting goods has suspend the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of their change. this is change. this is different. yet the right wing is already gearing up for a fight. fox news reports that the nra is expected to push back soon. they'll hold a news conference on friday. and republican governors still aren't convinced that guns are the problem. governor jan brewer says quote, i'm not sure additional gun control is something that needs to be addressed. i don't know how we get our arms around it. don't know how to get your arms around it? how about disarming those who shouldn't have weapons? and virginia go
.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of newtown, connecticut, have begun holding the first of many kernels for the 27 victims killed in friday's shooting rampage at sandy hook elementary school. on monday, noah pozner and jack pinto, 06 years old, were laid to rest in small caskets. more funerals are slated today including two more 6-year-old victim's, james mattioli and jessica rekos. at the white house, president obama convened a meeting with top officials to discuss ways to respond to the newtown massacre, including potential proposals for gun control. pressed for details, white house press secretary jay carney reduced offer any specifics on how obama plans to address the nation's gun violence. >> is a complex problem that will require a complex solution. no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem. >> in the aftermath of the newtown massacre, a number of pro-and lawmakers are signaling a new willingness to soften opposition to restrictions on weapons. senator joe manchin of west virginia, a longtime advocate of so-called gun rights, s
newtown, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this really difficult and incomprehensible time. but be assured that as a member of congress, i'm going to work with you, i'm going to continue to pray with you, and i'm going to make certain that this doesn't happen again because we have an obligation, we know what our to-do list is and we have only to do it before year's end and with that i yield. . mr. murphy: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i have been to newtown, connecticut, and it's less than an hour's drive from my congressional district. we mourn all the people who lost their lives on friday, including 20 elementary school children and six educators. over the past few years, we have seen innocent lives lost to gun violence in a supermarket parking lot in arizona, a movie theater in colorado, an army base in texas, a college campus in virginia and now an elementary school in connecticut. the weapons have spawned these tragedies and long past time that we control them. the s
of newtown, connecticut. the people of connecticut can relate to these victims of the assault and all americans can relate to some extent this crime that's occurred. at this elementary school. madam speaker, i have four kids and 10 grandkids, three of my daughters are teachers by profession. my wife is a first grade elementary school teacher. and no parent, no parent ever wants to bury their child. they just don't want to do that. we never want our children to die in their youth. like these children did. so, madam speaker, we mourn with the families of connecticut. we must honor the victims in our prayers and in our words and ask the good lord to bless them, their families, the people of connecticut and yes, our country. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of c
begin with the search for a motive. it is clear friday's shooting in newtown, connecticut can have no rational explanation. the act itself is the definition of insanity. still at this hour, investigators are work to unravel the sequence of events that ended with a man killing his own mother, driving to an elementary school and murdering 26 innocent children and adults before committing suicide. right now it's all still a puzzle. but investigators are working to assemble it. law enforcement source tells the associated press teams are going through the short's computer and checking phone and credit card records in an attempt to figure out what he was doing and what he was thinking in the days and weeks before this attack. >> we did seize significant evidence at the residence. we are analyzing and will analyze. it's a very pain-staking process. >> a spokesman says the shooter took classes at community college when he was 16 years old. apparently did well. an intelligent young man by all accounts. on friday, something went very wrong in his head. police say he murdered his mother while
>>> most schools resume in newtown, connecticut as we learn new details of harrowing survival of the day of the shooting. how one student made it out alive. >> reporter: a call to an east bay middle school prompts a full police investigation. how it is a sign that this school district is not taking any perceived threats lightly. >> reporter: we're live in palo alto where a drunk driver triggered the flooding of a busy intersection. we will explain how that happened and if you need to avoid any areas. >>> hours ago, a car slammed right into that concord video store. why police say that was no accident. "mornings on 2" begins right now. >>> well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> we're continuing to track developing news in palo alto where a suspected dui driver has been arrested for hitting a fire hydrant. ktvu channel 2 reporter janine de la vega is live on sandhill road with a look at the flooding and how traffic is being affected. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. well, actual iy, this intersection at sandhill and el camino just ope
of the students in newtown, connecticut for the first time since friday's massacre, except for the students at sandy hook elementary which of course was the scene of that tragedy. two more young victims are being laid to rest today. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: a bus carrying students drove up to the high school as a grief stricken town tried to get to some routine. police were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. >> i wouldn't send my children to school if i had the choice right now. i wouldn't. >> i think it's important the children do go back to school. >> reporter: all schools except sandy hook elementary are open. the scene of the massacre will remain closed for months. when those children do go back, they'll attend a school in a nearby town. people lit candles to remember the lives cut short. they paid their respects at the memorials set up for the 26 victims. the grieving process continues. the families of two more children are saying a final farewell. the family of james mattioli used to joke he was born four weeks early because he was hungry. >> jessica rekos wil
in newtown head back to school. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest. this tree lands inches from a baby's crib. now, blizzard warnings up, as a major storm is set to snarl holiday travel across the northwest. sam is tracking it all. >>> and two of the most famous stars in the world say "you're the one that i want" again. >> why don't we do a whole album? >> that's a terrific idea. >> travolta and newton-john, reuniting for the holidays. only on "gma." >>> good morning, america. hello to robin, recovering at home. elizabeth vargas is here. so much of our attention is still on newtown. more funerals are planned for today. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start this normal routine for them again. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday, has been freed in a firefight. ma
. in a typical year here in newtown, connecticut, no one is murdered with a gun, but newtown has now proved to anybody who didn't already know it that the worst american way of death, mass murder, really can happen anywhere. >> reality set in a bit today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest. >> funerals were held for jack pinto and noah poznor. >> they began at 1:00 toted. >> svrss are planned for tuesday. >> you try to feel their pain, but you can't. you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate knowing that they'll be inadequate. >> we have begun processing the sxefd analyzing the evidence. >> sandy hook elementary could be a crime scene for months. >> we've seized it under search warrants, and we're going to hold those locations until we've completed our work. >> school districts across the country have been boosting security. >> we're going to do our best to secure security statewide. >> caring for our children. it's our first job. if we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. that's how as a society we will be judged. >> washingto
. since newtown, sales of assault weapons and clips have skyrocketed across america, with many gun owners fearing congress will reenact the assault weapons bans. >> we cannot tolerate this any more. >> change is coming. >> warner argues loss only impact those who actually follow them. >> it will not deter those who want to cause>> dix sporting goods has suspended sales of some weapons and stopped all gone sales near newtown. walmart is making no changes. >> i cannot imagine anybody needing an assault rifle for any reason. >> she thinks after what happened in connecticut, the government has to take action. >> it is tragedy, and a lot of our broken families right now. we need to try to fix this. >> virginia, like many other states, is dealing with the flood of requests from people who want to buy guns. on saturday, the day after newtown, the virginia state police received nearly 42 and request for background checks. it was a high as one day total since the program in 1989 -- highest one-day total since the program began in 1989. >> the maryland governor has some ideas of his own about gun-
of -- a wake will be held for one of the sandy hook teachers. we have the latest. >> reporter: newtown is perforring a grim task. parents are -- performing a grim task. parents are doing what they shouldn't noah pozner was eulogized as a boy who liked animals video games and mexican food. an onlooker collapsed. inside the funeral his mother moved everyone to tears with the stories. >> she told them i love you. >> reporter: another funeral for jack pinto also 6. >> it was sad. just sad heavy hearted. >> reporter: jack loved the new york giants and his favorite player victor cruz wore his name on the cleats during sunday's game. >> to have my jersey and to be his favorite flare and -- player so much they want to bury him with it it was unreal and i said i was honored. >> reporter: there's so many pain for all close to a friday's shooting. connecticut governor malloy wiped away tears recalling the moment he informed parents their children died. and now he will attend so many funerals. >> you see little coughins and -- coffins and your heart has toic a. >> reporter: new information about t
. >>> four minutes after the hour. the newtown, connecticut, community will attempt to return to a sense of normalcy today. classes resume at all newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary. the students return as that community says goodbye to more victims of friday's shooting at sandy hook. danielle lee is live in newtown, connecticut, with the latest. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. you may be able to make out a christmas tree over my shoulder. that's marking a memorial that's become the focal point of this little town. students may drive past it today as they head to class and return to routines for the first time since the shooting. it will be a reminder that some things will never be the same. yesterday we saw the first two funerals for the victims. there will be more today. there will be a viewing for the teacher vicky soto who died shielding her students. it's been incredible to see the mementos that people have been bringing to the memorials in tribute to these victims. police say the investigation continues. they have confirmed that the shooter we
. jenna: schools in newtown, connecticut, opening for the very first time after the deadly rampage at sandy hook elementary. just as we learn new details about the gunman, two more young victims are laid to rest today. plus a major cybersecurity threat. what you need to know to protect your bank accounts on-line especially in the new year. >>> a hour harrowing ordeal for a tv news correspondent and his crew, kidnapped five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in
in newtown, connecticut as two more young victims of the horrible massacre are laid to rest. we'll go out to peter doocy, he will talk about james, who is called jay. he was a numbers guy and the other is jessica reko who loved everything about horses and playing with her brothers. other newtown schools will head back to school. and we'll hear more on what led to the shooting. hi, peter. >> gretchen, last night i was walking around and the streets are packed with people milling about in complete silence. the only noise you hear are cars and trucks passing by . yesterday, several of those trucks were moving trucks complete with their own police escort taking the furniture from inside of sandy hook over to mono, ron monroe to chalk hill middle school which is where students displaced by the awful tragedy will go back to class when the district decides that the time is right. >> the sandy hook school furniture is going to be move out and so it will be age and height and wait appropriate. but the healing and the back to normal see is worth every effort. >> authorities say they had no contact
is here. and, of course, so much of our attention still on newtown this morning. more funerals are planned for today. as we look at those makeshift memorials. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start that normal routine back for them again. it's so important. >> it is. we're going to go to amy robach there in just a moment. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday has been freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed.
happened in newtown, connecticut, in just a minute but police ask for your help to find a man who sexually assaulted a young girl in woodbridge. >> reporter: anita, the sister of the victim says that she is getting some rest tonight. it happened in a cul-de-sac not far from where we are standing in woodbridge, virginia. this is what happened. earlier police say a teen was inside the home. there was a knock, and when the teen opened the door, a man claimed to work for a cable company. he asked for a person and then the teen said that this person does not live here. so he leaves, but then he returns, this time he threatens the teen, forces himself inside the home. then forces the teen inside a bedroom and sexually assaults her. the teen, according to police, screamed and kicked at the man who then fled. now, we spoke to the sister earlier this evening, and she says that she just wants justice to be served. we believe we have some sound ready for you to talk about how this teen is doing tonight, how the family is coming together. the neighborhood is alerted. that there are prayers going on fo
connecticut. >> reporter: it was back to class for most students in newtown, connecticut tuesday. but hardly back to normal. >> i feel worried. i'm nervous. but at the same time, i'm feeling -- happy to be back at school. >> it's tragic and we're stunned. but they've got the keep going with their lives as well. >> reporter: the teachers' union said educators will discus friday's mass shooting in an age-appropriate manner. sandy hook elementary students have not yet returned to class. they'll be moved to another facility in a neighboring county administrators say they won't return to classes until january. trucks carrying supplies have been leaving the school still a crime scene. the tragedy even has lawmakers normally in support of gun rights discussing gun control. like senator joe manchin of west virginia. >> we had 20 beautiful babies that were slaughtered. that cannot be tolerated in america. >> reporter: funerals began monday for the 20 children and six adults killed. tuesday families said their final good-byes to two more 6- year-olds. jessica rekos and james mattioli. they
: plus, neighbors and friends in newtown are searching for a way to turn the horror of friday's killings into something positive for their community. hari sreenivasan has our conversation. >> ifill: kira kay reports on an election to watch in india, where the leading candidate for chief minister of one state, narendra modi, is both loved and loathed. >> for all of modi's popularity, he is also one of the most polarizing figures in india today, despised by many for a period of vicious communal violence that happened on his watch. >> woodruff: jeffrey brown remembers the life of war hero and medal of honor winner daniel inouye, the senator from hawaii who was third in line to the presidency. >> ifill: and we close with the story of a message of hope and healing from the late fred rogers, in a 34-year-old photo that's gone viral. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all peo
. i wouldn't want to. >> reporter: newtown is slowly trying to return to normal. some schools other than sandy hook reopened for the first time since the shooting. buses carrying children drove on to school grounds. the buses had green and white ribbons on the front sandy hook's colors. but police kept one elementary school closed as a precaution after they received threats. >> i always be worried but now it's very, very bad. >> reporter: children at sandy hook have not yet returned to school. when they do, it will be at a school in the nearby town of monroe. today for the first time since the shooting there was no police briefing. still no official word on what may have triggered last week's brutal attack against unarmed children and their teachers. in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston, back to you derek. >> we thank you for that report. now investigators had hoped that lanza's computers would yield evidence of a possible motive but he reportedly smashed up the court's hard drive and they're not sure what if any information they can get from those. >>> the debate over gun
newtown police as well as state troopers are expected to be on-site when schools open two hours later than unusual. sandy hook elementary, though, will remain closed. on monday, moving trucks arrived at the school to transport furniture to chalk hill school in the neighboring town of monroe, which will reopen to accommodate the sandy hook students. >> they're taking pictures of all the walls, everything where all the decorations were and they were be painstakingly put back together as close as possible to recreate that room. >> monroe has opened their arms because we are a small, new england community. and our neighbors are our family. >> on monday, the first two funerals were held for victims of the family. noah pozner and jack pinto. today, 6-year-old jessica rekos, who loved everything about horses. they'll be laid to rest. a wake will be held for a 27-year-old teacher victoria soto who saved many of her students by locking them in the closet before she was shot herself. police are confirming that doult two adults, not just one, who were shot at the school on friday survived
in this country. now it's up to all of us to make sure changes come to pass. the community of newtown connecticut is still deeply mourning the lives of 26 people, 20 of them children. the president struck an almost impossible balance of heartfelt emotion and out ragrage. the weight of the moment. no american can relive the horror of this. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. but that can't be an excuse for an action. surely we can do better than this. >> this is a moment in history where an event alters the direction of a country and moves lawmakers to unity. dianne feinstein was the first to announce an update on an assault weapons ban which she introduced in congress and will introduce it early next year. >> i intend to introduce a bill. and i intend one way or another, no matter how long it takes, to get that bill through. there's one thin
from adelphi, maryland. >>> in other news, almost everywhere in newtown, connecticut signs of remembrance. the villages enshrined in memorials to the 20 children and six adults killed friday when 20-year-old adam lanza shot and killed his mother first. ko im has the latest on the two victims so very young who were laid to rest on monday. >> reporter: newtown firefighters hang 26 wreaths sent from oregon in memory of the 26 victims of friday's schoolhouse massacre. >> makes us feel warm. it's amazing that people that far away care about us. >> reporter: small symbols of solidarity when this town needs it most. the first funerals railroad held for friday's shootings. noah pozner and jack pinto were laid to rest. >> you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporter: this tight-knit community is beginning the painstaking task of moving forward. trucks arrived to remove supplies from sandy hook to another school in a nearby town where the children will eventually resume classes. making plans for the future even though so many questions remain unanswered. >> we're go
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
a moment of silence for the 20 children and six adults who were murdered here in newtown, connecticut, on friday morning. >> i now ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence for the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> but united states senators are not being silent now about gun control. they are already taking up the challenge. president obama issued when he spoke to the grieving newtown community here last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can't be an excuse for inaction. surely we can do better than this. in the coming weeks i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this because what choice do we have? we can't acce
visiting the gun range in the past six months. jay gray has more now from newtown. >> reporter: good evening. it has been another rough day here as you might imagine. first graders from sandy hook elementary school, again, gathering today to bury two more of their classmates. that while students from other schools here actually went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. they are there with extra security and grief counselors on hand to help them with the transition of coming back to school here. thousands continue to pour into the small town. driven here by grief, they say, and just the need to be here and to try to help in some way, memorials are growing in this small town. so is the sentiment that they will get through this. everyone beginning to understand just how long that is going to take and just how difficult it is going to be. getting back to normal, don't talk about that at this point. how can you consider anything normal when you con to bury 6 and 7-year-old kids here? that's the latest from newtown, connecticut. i'm jay gray, news4. >>> george mason universi
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